Virginia Graham


Virginia’s ceramics are an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery, transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of domestic traditions.

Her handmade pieces range from teapots and cups to jewellery, as well as one-off larger pieces that incorporate precious stones, metal and found objects. Virginia uses a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques to create pieces in her signature style. Their surface decoration includes slip painting, enamel transfer printing and metallic lustre’s, making reference to historical wares including the familiar blue and white stripes of Cornish Ware as well as industrial plumbing and Victorian fabrics. The resulting pieces are eclectic and precious with a playful humour yet at the same time are ordinary and familiar reminding us of that bygone era when afternoon tea was a serious business.

Born  1978, Guildford, Surrey

Education  
1997-00 
 University of Wales Institute Cardiff
BA (Hons) Ceramics
1996-97  Wimbledon School of Art
BTEC National Diploma in art Foundation Studies

Awards          
2007
 Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales, 2007
2004  shortlisted for ‘Homes and Antiques’ Talent around
Britain Bursary
2003  Special Citation, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea
2001  ‘Setting up Grant for Crafts people’, The Arts Council of Wales

Exhibitions
2012 
British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate
Cadeaux d'Amour, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
History Makers, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2008  'Reclaiming Beauty', Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey
Tracey, Devon
'Rarefind', New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
'Crafted', Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester
'Origin: The London Craft Fair', Somerset House, London
'Ornament', Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, South Wales
'Fireworks Studios: Ten Years On', Oriel Myrddin Carmarthen & Black Swan Frome
2007  surreal showcase, Crafts Council at the V & A, London
surreal showcase, Selfridges, London
teapot exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
‘Victoriana’, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
exhibition, Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2006  SOFA, Chicago, USA
Origin: The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
Summer Exhibition, Oriel Ceri Richards, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Craft Showcase, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham
‘Made In Wales’ Time Warner Building, New York USA
‘Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair 2006’, Hereford
‘Earth and Fire’ Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’ Bovey Tracey, Devon
2005  CAL2005, Royal College of Art, London
Bright Young Things, RBSA, Birmingham
Summer Exhibition, The Alexander Gallery, Brighton
100% Design, Tokyo
‘Table Manners’, Crafts Council Gallery, London
Christmas Exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery
Christmas Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Lustre, University of Nottingham
2004  ‘Wish you were here’, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A, London
Showcase, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff
Crafts at Bovey Tracey, Devon
Earth and Fire X, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2003  Chelsea Crafts Fair 2003, London
3rd Choengju International Craft Biennale, Korea
‘New Wave’, Ruthin Craft Centre & The Scottish Gallery
Ceramic Showcase, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown
‘That Was Then’, Newport Museum and Art Gallery
‘21st Century Teapots’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Classic IX’ Kortrijk, Belgium
2002  ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair 2002’ Chelsea Town Hall, London
‘Tea For Two’ 20-21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe
‘Earth and Fire 8’ Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘Cup’ Made - Contemporary crafts, Bristol
2001  ‘Form and Transfer’ Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan
‘National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Arts Council Pavilion Denbigh
‘Destination Unknown’ Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
‘One Year On’ With the Crafts Council, New Designers, London
‘Craft Focus’ Mission Gallery, Swansea
‘Earth and Fire 7’ Rufford craft centre, Nottinghamshire
2000  ‘White Christmas’ The City Gallery, Leicester
‘Use It’ Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘New Designers’ Business Design Centre, London

Publications        
The Potters Guide to Ceramic Surfaces, Jo Connel, Apple Press, 2002
‘Lookout’, CRAFTS Magazine, issue174, Jan/Feb 2002
Country Living Magazine, Feb 2003
Homes and Gardens Magazine, May 2003
BBC Homes and Antiques, October 2003
Traditional Homes Magazine, USA, June 2004
Vogue Magazine, March 2004
Elle Decoration, February 2004
Living Etc., March 2004
Teapots, Steve Woodhead, A&C Black 2004
Sunday Telegraph Magazine, October 2004
Period Living and Traditional Homes, June 2005
Period Living and Traditional Homes, March 2006
You Magazine, Sunday Telegraph, April 2006
Country Living Magazine, April 2007
‘High Performance’, HTV Wales, Feb 2001
‘National Eisteddfod of Wales 2002’ TV coverage BBC Wales, Aug 2002
BBC Radio Wales, Roy Noble Show, November 2003

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